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Family Photography: Modern Storytelling

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Learn how to capture genuine, emotional images of families. In Family Photography: Modern Storytelling, Kirsten Lewis will teach you how to take meaningful documentary-style family photographs.

Kirsten Lewis takes a unique approach to family photography, leaving posing techniques and studio light at the door to capture real moments, as they are lived. In this class Kirsten will share her techniques for creating the relationships and environments that help her subjects feel at ease and open-up in an authentic way while she shoots. You’ll revisit the art of storytelling through still images and how to bring storytelling into your work with families. Kirsten will teach you the steps to developing client relationships that allow you to honestly document a family, from birth onward, while nurturing your business. You’ll learn new ways to approach composition and editing so your final product is both beautiful and true to reality.

If you want to deepen your relationships with the subjects you shoot and deliver photographs that are joyful and authentic, join Kirsten for this in-depth class on documentary-style family photography.


  • Introduction and Background
  • Three Elements of Storytelling
  • Telling a Story with One Photo and in a Series
  • Skype Interview with Photojournalist David Murray
  • Six Tips to Session Success
  • One Hour Family Sessions
  • Telling the Proper Story
  • Culling Family Session Part 1
  • Culling Family Session Part 2
  • Post Processing in Lightroom
  • Post Processing in Photoshop
  • Six Lessons for Birth Session Success
  • Interview with Birth Photographer Jenna Shouldice
  • Six Tips for Newborn Session Success
  • Finding Your Own Voice
  • Inspiration and Personal Projects
  • Finding Your Own Voice Q&A
  • Finding Clients
  • Managing Your Clients
  • Client Galleries and Keeping Clients
  • Day in the Life Sessions Part 1
  • Day in the Life Sessions Part 2
  • Day in the Life Sessions Part 3
  • Day in the Life Pricing and Homework Review
  • Student Review
  • The Power of Photos: Photos Transport
  • The Power of Photos: More Power Over Time
  • Mentoring Program
  • Segment 29 - Student Critques
  • Student Critques Continued
  • Critique Student Website
  • Demo of an Artisan Edit
  • Demo of Culling for Portifolios
  • General Q and A
  • The Sophie Project

Taught by

Kirsten Lewis

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